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Tondeka bus officials blame coronavirus for failure to take off

Tondeka bus officials blame coronavirus for failure to take off

AFRICA
Hopes to have mass public transport to decongest the Kampala Metropolitan area has faded again after Tondeka Bus Service and government failed to deliver at least 400 of the 980 buses they promised this September. Tondeka Bus Service and the government pledged to start operations on September 1 [Tuesday] with 400 buses plying different routes to-and-from city suburbs. They were to import another 200 buses every month until they reached a total of 980 by January 2021. Tondeka Bus Service officials have confirmed that they will be unable to deliver the buses this month and they could not even tell when they are scheduled to deliver on their promise or start operations. The Tondeka Metro Bus Service spokesperson, Mr Roland Ssebuwufu, attributed the delay in fulfilling their promi...
ASIA: 18 dead after Indian plane crashes

ASIA: 18 dead after Indian plane crashes

INTERNATIONAL
The Air India Express Boeing 737, on a special flight from Dubai to bring back Indians stranded overseas by the coronavirus pandemic, overshot the runway at Kozhikode in Kerala state late Friday, plunged down an embankment and broke up, according to first accounts. "Fuel had leaked out so it was a miracle that the plane did not catch fire, the toll could have been much higher," one senior emergency official at the scene said. Passenger Renjith Panangad, 34, recalled the plane touching the ground and then everything went "blank". "After the crash, the emergency door opened and I dragged myself out somehow," he told AFP from a hospital bed in Kozhikode. "The front part of the plane was gone -- it was completely gone. I don't know how I made it but I'm grateful. I am still shaken...
UGANDA: Bus plumps down into drainage channel, scores injured

UGANDA: Bus plumps down into drainage channel, scores injured

AFRICA, UGANDA
A number of people are nursing injuries after a bus they were traveling in veered off the road and plunged in a drainage channel. The bus, registration number UAS 765V belonging to YY company had 29 people on board. The accident happened at Saala Village in Kibuku District at 3:00 pm. According to the Kibuku District Police Commander Stephen Twinomugisha, the accident happened after the driver of the bus lost control of the bus while attempting to avoid ahead of the collision with another car. “He successfully avoided a head-on collision with another car, but the bus veered off the road and plunged into the water channels by the roadside,’ Twinomugisha said. According to the DPC, no death was registered except for minor injuries. He attributed the cause of the accident to r...
AFRICA: Two planes collide at Lagos International Airport

AFRICA: Two planes collide at Lagos International Airport

AFRICA
There was chaos at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, after two airplanes collided on Wednesday. An Airbus A330-243 owned by Middle East Airlines with registration number OD-MEA, ran into a Boeing 777 airplane with registration number TC-LJC operated by Turkish Airlines. The Middle East airbus ran into the Turkish cargo flight, which was parked at the international airport apron, according to the Daily Sun. The Turkish cargo plane was said to be parked at the tarmac when the MEA airbus which was taxiing ran into it. The plane had to disembark its passengers who were already on board. Earlier this week, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, spoke about the efforts of the federal government towards the resumption of internat...
Coronavirus – Africa: Air Cargo Recovery Continues in June but at a Slow Pace

Coronavirus – Africa: Air Cargo Recovery Continues in June but at a Slow Pace

AFRICA
GENEVA, Switzerland, July 28, 2020/ -- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in June showing improvement, but at a slower pace than some of the traditional leading indicators would suggest.   Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell by 17.6% in June (-19.9% for international operations) compared to the previous year. That is a modest improvement from the 20.1% year-on-year drop recorded in May. Global capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers (ACTKs), shrank by 34.1% in June ( 33.9% for international operations) compared to the previous year. This was on par with the 34.8% year-on-year drop in May. Belly capacity for international air cargo shrank by 70% in June compared to...
UGANDA: CAA appoints Kayoola EVS electric bus to transport employees

UGANDA: CAA appoints Kayoola EVS electric bus to transport employees

AFRICA, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA
The Civil Aviation Authority has tapped on the Kayoola EVS electric buses to transport staff of to and from work. According to CAA’s acting director general Fred Bamwesigye, Kayoola will provide solutions to some of the public transport problems they have been experiencing. “I am pleased to inform you that Kiira Motors Corporation offered and received acceptance to pilot the Kayoola EVS electric bus with Uganda Civil Aviation Authority by transporting our staff from Kampala to the airport and back,”he said. He said the staff from Kampala will be collected three days a week for eight weeks, free of charge. “From 20th July up to 11th Sep 2020 and from the feedback received from the users especially our staff and what we have witnessed ourselves, these buses are welcome addition,...
UGANDA: Boda Boda free zone enforcement to begin August 31, KCCA

UGANDA: Boda Boda free zone enforcement to begin August 31, KCCA

AFRICA, UGANDA
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has announced that enforcement of the boda boda Free Zone in Kampala will commence on August 31, 2020. This was revealed by Daniel NuweAbine, who is the acting spokesperson of the KCCA. Cabinet on Saturday approved the Boda Boda Free Zone policy where access to the city centre in Kampala will be denied to all boda cyclists. On Monday, July 27 as boda bodas returned to carrying passengers after over four months since they were restricted to only cargo, police had started to enforce the restrictions on access to the city but after a few hours withdrew from the roads and allowed cyclists to access the city. Speaking to NBS Television Morning Breeze, NuweAbine said that for now, “boda boda riders should understand that there is a Boda Boda Fre...
Cabinet sets guidelines to regulate Boda bodas

Cabinet sets guidelines to regulate Boda bodas

AFRICA
Kampala,Uganda --- Following the recent National address on Covid19 by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda, Boda Bodas are to resume carrying passengers and luggage on the 27th July, 2020. Consequently, a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all the Boda Bodas operators nationwide have been issued by Government through Ministry of Works & Transport and Ministry of Security. Specifically for Kampala Capital City, all Boda Bodas MUST follow and comply with Cabinet Directives on the reforms to streamline and regulate the operations of motorcycles in the City and these include the following;  All Boda Bodas must operate at gazetted Boda Boda stages. The list of these stages and maps can be obtained from KCCA website or Ward Administrators at every K...
UGANDA: Kamuli Road at Naalya roundabout to be closed for two months, says UNRA

UGANDA: Kamuli Road at Naalya roundabout to be closed for two months, says UNRA

AFRICA, UGANDA
Kamuli Road at the Naalya roundabout, will on Thursday this week, be closed to traffic for a period of at least two months, Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has announced. According to a statement from UNRA, the closure is meant to allow road works related to the Northern Bypass, including construction of a new access road along the Kamuli road and Naalya roundabout area. The closure is also part of the ongoing capacity improvement of the Kampala Northern Bypass. According to UNRA, motorists, are in the meantime, “advised to use alternative routes to access the Bypass. “The alternative routes are; East Africa road and Kaduyu road, next to the National Council for Higher Education offices as we expedite physical works,” UNRA said. The construction of the second phase o...
UGANDA: 2  officers expelled from Police over Masaka boda boda man who set himself on fire.

UGANDA: 2 officers expelled from Police over Masaka boda boda man who set himself on fire.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Hussein Walugembe,22 burnt himself to death at the start of this month after being asked to pay a shs40,000 bribe to police officers in order to have his impounded bike released. He set himself ablaze inside the traffic police office at Masaka Central Police Station. Following the incident, two officers as Sgt. Julius Ewalu , the Station Major and Sgt Ibrahim Ssesanga the acting OC Traffic at Masaka Central Police Station were arrested. On Saturday, the police disciplinary court heard that on several occasions, the deceased went to police to recover his motorcycle but on all occasions, he was asked to return with shs40,000 as a bribe by the traffic police officers. In his judgment, Assistant Superintendent of Police David Manzi, the disciplinary court chairman s...
UGANDA: Turkish construction firm on the spot for slow work on Muyembe to Nakapiripirit road.

UGANDA: Turkish construction firm on the spot for slow work on Muyembe to Nakapiripirit road.

AFRICA, UGANDA
MBALE – The company awarded the contract to construct Muyembe to Nakapiripirit road is on the spot over the slow rate of implementation of the road project. A Turkish construction firm, Polat Yol Yapi, signed a contract with the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) in November 2019 to tarmac the 92.2km route of Muyembe to Nakapiripirit but has since then failed to take off. It is now seven months ever since the contract was signed and six months down the road from the time the road construction was scheduled to start but there is no equipment on ground. Although it is very clear that Polat Yol Yapi was advanced Shs 60billion to kick start the 92.2km road construction works, there is nothing taking place on ground apart from occasional visits by the company vehicles. Mr Apoll...
UGANDA: Boda-boda riders sue Government  for stopping from carrying passengers

UGANDA: Boda-boda riders sue Government for stopping from carrying passengers

AFRICA, UGANDA
A group of boda boda riders has dragged government to court for stopping them from carrying passengers as one of the measures to control the spread of Coronavirus. Currently, boda-boda motorists are restricted to delivery services and transporting passengers under emergency circumstances despite other transport service providers like taxis and buses being allowed to carry passengers. On Monday, riders under the National Federation of Professional Cyclists Network(NFPC) filed a case before the civil division of the High Court in Kampala challenging the continued ban on transporting passengers by boda bodas. “Government’s restrictions on the boda boda transport business not acceptable or demonstrably justifiable in a free and democratic society and therefore an infringement and thr...
Africa airspace resumes to operate despite a spike in COVID-19 cases

Africa airspace resumes to operate despite a spike in COVID-19 cases

Uncategorized
JOHANNESBURG — As COVID-19 cases surged in many parts of the world, the island nation of the Seychelles was looking good: 70-plus straight days without a single infection. Then the planes arrived. Two chartered Air Seychelles flights carrying more than 200 passengers also brought the coronavirus. A few tested positive. Then, between June 24 and 30, the country’s confirmed cases shot from 11 to 81. Now the Indian Ocean nation has delayed reopening for commercial flights for its lucrative tourism industry until Aug. 1, if all goes well. African nations face a difficult choice as infections are rapidly rising: Welcome the international flights that originally brought COVID-19 to the ill-prepared continent, or further hurt their economies and restrict a lifeline for badly needed hum...
Mercedes to recall 660,000 vehicles in China for oil leak

Mercedes to recall 660,000 vehicles in China for oil leak

TECHNOLOGY
BEIJING — Mercedes-Benz will recall more than 660,000 vehicles in China later this year for a possible oil leak. A seal between a high-pressure fuel pump and a low-pressure fuel pipe could weaken over time, allowing oil to leak when the engine starts in cold weather, according to a notice published last week on the website of China’s State Administration for Market Regulation. The official Xinhua News Agency reported the recall Sunday. The recall of 668,954 vehicles will begin on Dec. 18. It includes several models made between February 2013 and June 2017 including C-class, E-class, V-class, GLK-class, CLS-class, SLC-class, GLC SUV and VS20 VITO vehicles. Most of the vehicles were made in China by Beijing Benz Automotive Co. About 12,500 were built by Fujian Benz Automotive C...
UGANDA: 2 police officers detained following the death of Masaka boda-boda rider.

UGANDA: 2 police officers detained following the death of Masaka boda-boda rider.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Police have arrested two of their own in connection with Thursday morning incident in which a boda-boda rider set himself on fire inside a traffic police office at Masaka Central Police Station. Hussein Walugembe, 29, died after setting himself on fire following failed attempts to recover his impounded motorcycle. It is reported that by the time police impounded the motorcycle, it was with Walugembe’s friend identified as Twaha Kaweesi who was accused of flouting curfew guidelines. Eyewitnesses said, the deceased entered the office at around 8am and tried to negotiate with traffic officers he found inside to give him back the motorcycle which was reportedly impounded on Tuesday. The suspects, according to Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga are; Sgt Julius Ewalu and Sg...
UGANDA: How boda-boda rider in Masaka sets himself on fire ‘over bribe and Police frustration’.

UGANDA: How boda-boda rider in Masaka sets himself on fire ‘over bribe and Police frustration’.

AFRICA, UGANDA
A 29-year-old motorbike taxi rider in Uganda has died after setting fire to himself inside a police station. Hussein Walugembe's bike was seized in the south-western district of Masaka, about 135km (85 miles) from the capital, Kampala, on Monday. Some riders allege that officers had demanded a $40 (£32) bribe from Walugembe to release his vehicle. A police spokesman says the entire traffic department is now under investigation for bribery. It is also reported that Walugembe had been living in police quarters and been supplying food to the force. Riding motorbike taxis - or boda bodas as they are known in Uganda - is a common source of income for unemployed young men in countries across Africa. But in Uganda they have been banned from carrying passengers as part of effort...
Coronavirus: Seychelles to resume passenger flights on 1st August

Coronavirus: Seychelles to resume passenger flights on 1st August

AFRICA
VICTORIA, Seychelles, June 27, 2020/ -- President Danny Faure on June 23, 2020 announced that commercial passenger flights to Seychelles are to resume on August 1, 2020. The decision was announced following a meeting at the State House, chaired by President Danny Faure, and attended by officials from the Public Health Authority; Ministry of Finance, Trade, Investment and Economic Planning; Central Bank of Seychelles (CBS); Citizens Engagement Platform Seychelles (Ceps); Seychelles Inter-Faith Council (Sifco); Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA) and the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI). H.E Danny Faure, The President of Seychelles The resumption of commercial passenger flights will be undertaken as per the newly established National Framework fo...
Coronavirus: Criteria for COVID-19 Testing in the Air Travel Process

Coronavirus: Criteria for COVID-19 Testing in the Air Travel Process

HEALTH
GENEVA, Switzerland, June 18, 2020/ -- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released criteria for the use of COVID-19 testing in the travel process. Should governments choose to introduce COVID-19 testing for travelers arriving from countries considered as high risk, testing must deliver results fast, be able to be conducted at scale, and operate to very high rates of accuracy. Additionally, testing must be cost-effective and not create an economic or logistical barrier to travel. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) published Takeoff guidance which is the global guidance for governments to follow in reconnecting their people and economies by air. Takeoff outlines layers of measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission during a...
Uganda: Taxis and buses refused to work without route charts

Uganda: Taxis and buses refused to work without route charts

AFRICA
Government has said that no public transport vehicle will be allowed to operate without a route chart, as buses and taxis ready to resume their operations Thursday following a 2-month-long ban due to coronavirus. On Wednesday, Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs, Betty Amongi said that Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the Ministry of Works and Transport are registering all commuter public transport operators to regulate operations of the industry. The registration is being conducted in Kampala at Old Kampala Secondary School and Kitante Primary School. These registration centers will be open until June 30. So far, a total of 1,500 taxis and 300 buses and their drivers/owners plying various routes in the country have been registered. Amongi said ...